Devotional

Pharisee’s Delight

Pharisee’s Delight

A pharisee is committed to religion and restrictions. They thrive on no’s more than yeses. Don’t do this, don’t do that, don’t even think about the other, you are wrong, wrong, wrong! Their mindset causes division because at the heart of a Pharisee it is more about authority and control than about relationships. The greek word for Pharisee is Pharisaíos which means “the separate ones”. 

God intended for the separate ones to be set apart from the world for his holy calling. However, they fell into deception and pride. They began thinking they were better than the “common ones”. Their righteous, piousness caused them to lose sight of connection with those who needed the truth of God’s word.

Unfortunately, this same toxic mindset continues to permeate the church. It not only causes a seperation of the church from the community that needs healing, peace and joy but it has also caused division among the body of Christ. Jesus addressed this partially in Luke chapter 6. 9Then Jesus said to them, “I ask you, which is lawful on the Sabbath: to do good or to do evil, to save life or to destroy it?”  We are called to save life. We direct lost souls to salvation and offer them peace and healing while navigating their journey.

Let’s get down to the nitty gritty. A mindset of control stems from fear. Fear is the opposite of love. 1 John 4:18 tells us that perfect love casts out fear. If we are approaching people with the genuine love of Christ then we are offering them freedom from fear and we ourselves are free. A religious mindset not only damages those we are attempting to reach but it wounds our own soul by interfering with our personal relationship with God.

Biblical text. God is love. Christian concept.

I know that someone pops into your mind the moment the term Pharisee is used. I challenge you today to search your own heart for any religious mindsets that have crept in. Are there any areas of your life so bound in fear that you feel the need to control others? If so, what can you do today to step into the perfect love that casts out all fear? How can you offer love to those bound in fear today?

I am a writer and an ordained minister. I grew in very toxic environments. After prolonged intensive abuse I now have C-PTSD. I have overcome so many obstacles and been able to heal and grow by facing my past and processing it in a healthy way. I am still a work in progress but I have come farther than I ever thought would be possible.

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